Welcome to the world of Acid Drops & Whatnots

Welcome to the world of Acid Drops & Whatnots
A collection of wickedly witty stamps for the world we live in today inspired by the art of yesterday

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Hello every one, 
I hope your Christmas preparations are well in hand and you have a little crafting time to help you unwind. As promised I've loaded the first project onto the blog, it is a card that I designed and taught in my regular card classes in Hockley. The instructions that I write up for these classes are also in inches as we are all of an age when inches were what we learnt at school and are a lot more detailed than the ones I use for the magazine projects, as with magazines, the space is at a premium and in class I have a very different mix of abilities,so you'll notice that instruction styles will vary from card to card. In class I teach using Marvey Le plume pens for colouring as I have enough of these for every one in the class so you'll find more detailed instructions for their use although I have added the details in bold for using Pro Markers or other alcohol based pens. If the lay out is a little clunky please bare with me, as this has been cut and pasted from the original publisher format and then edited but I'll get the hang of it in the end.
Hope you find the project useful

Making Up With Betty
Materials  A4 sheet of white card, 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of white card, black paper, silver pearl card, green background paper, silver Mirri board, 22" of 1cm wide black sheer ribbon, 2mm gem, Single line Happy Birthday stamp, Acid Drops AD17 Waste of make-up set.

Tools  Die cut/embossing machine, swirl embossing folder, and either Black Versa fine pad & water based felt pens, e.g. Le plume, or a Black Memento pad and alcohol markers, e.g. Pro markers, basic tool kit  ink double sided tape, (DST) or similar, clear stamp blocks.
1. Take the A4 piece of white card and cut 5 3/4 x 11 1/2”. Score and fold in half to make a 5 3/4" square card. Open up the card and fold the left hand panel in half, (left edge of the centre fold), and open out again.
2. Cut 2 pieces of green background paper 2 1/4” x 5 1/4” and 1 piece 2” x 5 1’4”. Mount all of these onto the black paper leaving an even very narrow border on all 4 sides. Run all 3 of these panels through the Cuttle bug using the swirl embossing folder.
3. With the fold of the card at the top, mount the 2 larger panels, (one either side of the crease/fold in the centre of the front panel) onto the front of the card leaving an even border on all 4 sides. Mount the smaller panel onto the bottom of the inside  back panel of the card, leaving an even border on the left, bottom and right hand edges.
4. If Using water based marker pens, take the smaller piece of white card and cut a piece 4 1/2” x 3 1/2”  and using the Black Versa Fine pad, stamp Betty, the border and the quote centrally onto the card. (when using more than 1 image on a panel it quicker and easier to line up the all the stamps onto a larger block, than to stamp each one separately).
5. When well dry take the Betty stamped image, the paintbrush and pens. Draw a little of each pen onto the plastic pallet leaving a good gap between each colour. Wet the brush and remove excess water by running it over the back of your hand. Pick a little of the colour from the edge, (don’t mix the brush into all of the puddle of colour as it will be too intense), and colour in the image. (Skin colour is a   watery No 30 Rosewood pen) . To make the image dimensional, add more layers where you want shadow, (at sides, etc).  If using alcohol based pens, stamp as above but use the Black Memento pad to stamp with and colour as normal with your alcohol pens. 
6. When the colouring is completely dry, use the knife and the cutting mat and cut out the inside of the     mirror. A good tip if you have any ragged edges is to gently go around the cut edges with a black pen by placing the side of the nib through the hole and gently brushing along the cut edge. Apply the silver Mirri board to the back of the hole and tape in place using DST.
7. Layer this panel onto the black paper leaving an even very narrow border on all 4 sides. Cut a piece of the silver pearl card 5” x 4” and layer the stamped panel onto it leaving an even border on all 4 sides.
8. Cut the black sheer ribbon in half, bring it around the back of the bottom front panel and fasten it in the centre where it will be hidden by the stamped panel using DST. Apply DST to the bottom 1 3/4” only of the back of the stamped panel and lining up the top of the stamped panel with the folded edge at the top of the card, layer it onto the front of the card leaving an even border right and left.. You should be able to fold the card open at the centre crease.
9. Take the remaining piece of black sheer ribbon, , bring it around the back of the bottom inside panel and fasten it in the centre where it will be hidden by the stamped greeting panel using DST.
10. Stamp the Happy Birthday Greeting onto a spare piece of white card, trim. Layer onto the black paper and trim to leave a very narrow border on all 4 sides. Layer this panel down onto the silver pearl card and trim to leave a slightly wider border. Layer this panel down onto the ribbon leaving an even border left and right.
11. Add gem to the centre of the stamped border

Friday, 6 December 2013

Oh I have been a very, very, naughty blogger! I can't believe my last post was in April, where has the year gone. In my defence, I've been a trifle busy, Christmas designs, magazine projects, a whole new range of premium card toppers, not to mention the website and a hectic schedule of papercraft shows.

Now the show season has finished and I can say a fond farewell to the A1, (most of our shows were at the other end of the country), I have plans, dangerous I know, to tell the devil too many of your plans but I'm getting used to life on the edge. In the coming weeks I'm hoping to post some projects on the blog, cards I've created for class and magazines. I've go our flickr account up and running with lots of card samples to give you inspiration, just click on the tab in the top horizontal menu bar of the website.

All the new products are now online including our brand new range of Toppers. Printed on uncoated bright white 325gsm card there are 12 designs in all, some old favourites and some brand new Characters to make you smile, available at the special introductory price of £1.00 until Christmas.
We have also added some Acid Drop gifts to the website, Fridge magnets and Key rings. They make a great stocking filler for your friends and family, or as a little something for yourself,. Just £2.25 for the fridge magnet and £1.99 for the keyring. I should, at this point, say a big thank you to Bekki for pointing out that one of the key rings was missing a decimal point on the website and was listed for the ambitious price of £199.00, just a tad overpriced I think you'll agree.

So please visit the website, check out the changes and our brand new sample tab and I'll start beavering away on the projects.

Have a good weekend,

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

New Designs No Available Online

In True last minute style the new sets arrived just in time to code and price them before we set off for Alexandra Palace. 4 of the 5 new sets are now available on the website and the 5th new set should be with us very soon.
I'd like to say a big thank you to every one who stopped by our stand at the show it was great to meet and talk to you all and your enthusiasm makes sitting welded to my computer a lot easier. Any one who knows me, knows I hate technology, computers and anything electronic and escaping to the shows makes it all worthwhile. I also have to give a big thank you to Elaine who bravely volunteered to help me on the Saturday, (which turned out to be our busiest day ever), as Niki had only flown back from the Peruvian Jungle the day before. Elaine jumped in with both feet and took to it like a natural, hopefully we will be able to persuade her to come to more shows in the future.
Niki made it in on Sunday, jet lagged and tired but ready for action, I'm hopefully going to persuade her to write a piece about her jungle adventures and the very good work she is involved with there setting up school and medical facilities for village children in the rainforest.
Our next show will be in Bury St Edmunds, details can be found at the top of the page or on our events page. We should have the 5th new design with us in time for that. We also have new stocks of the Ornamental Frames set ADFB1 and AD38 Dressed to kill.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Class Project Wednesday April 10th Box Book With Secret Drawer

I got a little carried away this week with the box, book and bag class I promised, even though I missed out the bag! I saw the basis for this project in a magazine, a box book with a soft cover and a secret drawer for sweets inside and my mind started working. The end result is a Book style box with a hard chipboard cover and a windowed drawer that contains another hard cover accordion book inside and a photo frame on the opposite flap.

This is a very simple project although the finished result doesn't reflect that, the kit comes, as always, with a set of full colour instructions and all the templates needed. The covers of the book are made with pre covered chipboard which takes a lot of the donkey work out of it. In the class there should be time enough to finish the book box including cover, box, drawer and frame.

 There will be enough materials to complete the book at home if you don't finish in the class, or you may want to leave the drawer empty and use it a gift box for a very special present. There is also a choice of boards available  to choose from and a very good value kit. I really enjoyed making this project and after class it will be a gift to my mother as a memento of the day we went and flew owls and hawks.

As always the class is held at; The Old Fire Station in Hockley, Essex, it starts at 7pm and finishes around 9.30pm. The cost is still £10 and includes all materials need to make the box, full colour instructions, templates, use of our tools and of course refreshments. I will also bring some craft goodies for you to purchase. This class is an easy class and is suitable for all skill levels. If you fancy having coming along and meeting other like minded people in a fun and friendly environment just drop me an email at karenosborne99@gmail.com   we still have a few places left.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Wednesday's Class Projects

 I promised the girls an inky stampy class with an antique distressed feel, and I've had fun playing around with my stamp collection and my distress pads. The purple butterfly card is using a Crafty individuals stamp and a very old stamp wording stamp by Laura Ashley. The butterflies are spot embossed with Holographic embossing powder.
 This second card is also using a Crafty Individuals stamp as well as a Sandy lion Kelly Pannaci set and a very old Stampington bottles stamp. I never throw anything away, which is good when it comes to having a wide variety of stamps and papers but not so good when it's taken over the entire house!
The last card is made with one of my favourite images, the PSX postcard stamp. See, I told you I never throw anything, I don't know if it's just me, but PSX stamps are so timeless. The images are so delicate and well drawn and the construction always makes me want to stroke them. I had a customer once who bought loads and loads of PSX stamps, she never stamped with them, they all lived in display cases that her husband made and she got a lot of enjoyment just looking at them. I still have and still use, my first ever PSX stamp, the large Pansy botanical that I bought well over 15 years ago. It's battered and blackened, but to me that doesn't matter as it shows the Stirling service it has given me over the years of classes and cardmaking and demo's. It's seen changing styles and techniques in stamping and colouring, it's been plumped, decoupaged, stamped into ultra thick embossing powder, you name it and it's done it. What's your favourite stamp of all and why?

Thursday, 21 March 2013

My favourite way to spend the day

OOOOH I've been having fun today. I've been hard at work designing some new sets. 2 new sets and new batches of our ever popular ornamental frames and Alegenon are all ready at the factory and I've worked up 3 new sets which will hopefully follow them shortly. They are currently burning a hole in Niki's inbox. Keep your fingers crossed!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Harrogate, Hail and Soggy Soggy Lemurs

Well we're back from Harrogate and we seem to have brought the weather with us. It was a really great show and it was lovely to meet so many nice enthusiastic crafters. The journey home was another matter, mist, snow and heavy rain all the way home, (4 1/2 hours), unloading the car was a very soggy business. Monday dawned bright and clear and although I felt I could sleep for a week, I had to drag my sorry carcass out of bed early as my sister was taking us to the zoo, (for anyone old enough, I know it sounds like a song), to have a lecture on the monkey collection and hand feed the lemurs. It was sunny to start with but as soon as we got to the zoo, down came the rain in lashing torrents. When the rain had given us it's best shot the hailstones took over. Thankfully the lemurs where more concerned with their furry little stomachs than getting wet and came out to crawl all over us, brilliant!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Just a quick update

Yaaaaaaa! I've just got my laptop back, shame it's a bit late to post anything exciting. I'm just getting ready to set off tomorrow for Harrogate, so If you're going to GNPS please stop by and say Hi. I've just confirmed some more bookings for the coming months, here's a quick run down, I'll post more details shortly. We are going to Stamp Magic in Doncaster in June, Happy stampers Northwest in Port Sunlight in May and Newbury in July. Not forgetting Alley Palley and Bury St Edmunds.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Technology bites back

Hi every one,
 I'm sorry that I seem to have gone quiet but as I had predicted, technology has bitten back and my laptop has had a breakdown. It's been in the menders for 4 days now and the twitching fingers are getting to be a pain! I've managed to highjack my sister's computer whilr I'm visiting with mum for Mothers day. Hopefully Normal servie will be resumed shotly. So every one who has emailed me or comonted I'm sorry to not be getting back to you but I will as soon as I'm connected again. Meanwhile I think I need addiction therapy, twitch, twitch....

Monday, 4 March 2013

2 more samples from the talented Kate using Acid Drops & Whatnots stamp sets. Why not visit her blog at http://cuilliesocks.blogspot.co.uk/for more samples of her excellent cards.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Owls, hawks and the 'poo' in shampoo

Well I'm back from my owl flying experience with all my digits intact and I know now where the 'poo' in shampoo came from. One of the hawks decided that although my glove was good, my head was better and proceeded to use it as a toilet, the owl preferred my arm! needless to say I had to by a lottery ticket after that, as I don't know about your part of the world, but where I come from in east London it's counted as good luck.

It was a wonderful day if a bit on the cold side and we flew 4 birds, a barn owl, an eagle owl, who was so lovely, he was fine being stroked and liked to nibble playfully at your fingers, and 2 Harris hawks. We got to handle the birds more that I thought we would and the guy was very knowledgeable and helpful. I would dearly love to do it again and would recommend anyone who wanted to handle birds or do more serious training to google Lavenham falconry. 

Playing truant and flying owls

I'm off playing truant again tomorrow, I'm gong to spend the morning learning how to fly owls and birds of prey in Lavenham, Suffolk with my mum and sister. It was a Christmas present to mum and me from my sister Deb who is coming along with a camera so hopefully I'll have some pictures to add to the timeline soon. I'm really looking forward to it as I've seen many bird displays and even stroked a few but I've never actually handled or flown them. So I'm off for an early night as it's a very early start in the morning! Another of our presents from Deb is a lecture and tour of the Monkeys in Paradise Park, Herts, followed by going in with the lemurs and hand feeding them. I've done this before, for my 50th birthday, a gift from Niki and her family and I really loved it. The downside is it's the morning after the Harrogate show and a 4 hour drive. Red Bull here I come!

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Class projects for Wed 27.2.13

What can you do with a bit of white card? Plenty if you don't mind getting your fingers dirty. Wednesday's class is all about inks and how to push the boundaries a little from just using them to stamp out your favourite images.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Set up at Stamperama

I think I've just about recovered from my first solo show at Stamperama yesterday, although I think I left my knees behind. I definitely need to get to the gym more and toughen up a bit. I had a great show met some lovely new people and some of our internet customers and caught up with  fellow stall holders I haven't seen for a while, some of whom took pity on me and minded the stall will I had a much needed bathroom break!  

Unloading the car was the worst bit as it was quite a walk and I only have a little trolley, I kept telling myself it was a good cardio workout and that as a woman it was my duty to multi task but somehow I think my knees and lungs failed to appreciate the opportunity. 

The backboards were fun to put together as I forgot to bring a step stool and I'm only a stumpy, (though wide), little thing, again, a good stretching session is good after a tough workout. My back has now joined my knees in not appreciating said opportunity.

 3 Hours later, car unloaded  cloths on, stands built, backboards displayed and  stock counted.

I managed to reverse operation in half the time on Sunday night and fighting my way through the never ending road works on the M25, wend my weary way home to bed. Harrogate in a couple of weeks, (16/17 March) bring it on!

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Apology, lovely cards and a little catch-up

Apology first, I have been neglecting my blog a little this week so I'd like to say sorry to all of you have been checking in to the same old post. I claim pressure of work, between the shows, the classes and magazine projects I'm a little frazzled to say the least. So it gives me great pleasure to include some samples from the lovely Joy who we met at the 5 Lakes show last weekend. She's pretty new to stamping and I just love the cards, they capture the spirit of the Acid Drops stamps.

I'm off to the Stamperama show in Stevenage on Sunday, my first solo show so if you are coming along, please stop by and say Hi. After many requests Niki and I are heading north. We've just confirmed our booking for the Great Northern Papercraft Extravaganza ( GNP) in Harrogate on the 16th & 17th of March. I've just finished typing the instructions for the last of 6 cards for a project spread in a stamping magazine, more news on that later, for now I think go and lay down in  a dark room, or on second thoughts I've got to start designing for next weeks class. Maybe a deep breath and a large class of wine would be better!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Set up day at 5 Lakes

Just a quick post today, I've just got in from setting up our stand at the Creative Stitch and Craft show at 5 Lakes resort near Maldon in Essex. I've added a couple of pictures of Niki and myself about halfway through.

This is how we left it, we couldn't finish it because we left one of the stamp racks behind, but I will add some more photo's when I get back tomorrow night showing it in all it's glory. If you are visiting the show, please drop by and say Hi, we are on stand A8.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

New Arrivals


I've been a busy little bee lately and I've designed some new additions to the Acid Drop family. Your favourite characters, just smaller! I now have a range of key rings and fridge magnets available featuring our best selling images and quotes. The key rings are £1.99 and the fridge magnets are £2.25. They will be released at the 5 Lakes show from Thursday and are currently available only at our shows and exhibitions. If you would like more details and can't get to the shows just email me at; karenosborne99@gmail.com I've added a picture of a few of the designs but there are more available. Please let me know what you think, are there any other products such as mugs or bags that you would like to see? 

Saturday, 9 February 2013

I hope this post finds you all well if not warm.  It's a frantic time at the moment, our first show is coming up next week at 5 Lakes Resort in Maldon, setting up is the same day as the class and runs from Thursday to Saturday, the day after the show closes we are of to Birmingham for the Trades, and the magazine has just doubled the amount of projects they want before the end of the month.  At least I won't be bored!
I promised an easier class this week and lo, no acetate in sight. I've designed these 4 cards to be quick, simple, in both construction and style and to bring a hint of spring into a cold soggy February. This being me 'though, I have included a few design tricks to add to your repertoire that should come in handy when designing your own cards at home. Brown kraft card is a very hot look right now and I've been wanting to use this embossed kraft card for ages so I couldn't resist designing a card with it any longer. The cards are suitable for all skill levels including beginners.
The class takes place as always at The Old Fire Station in Hockley, Essex and runs from 7pm to 9.30 ish. Included in the class are all the materials needed to make the 4 cards, full colour printed step by step instructions, use of our tools and of course  refreshments. The cost of the class is still only £10. If you haven't put our name down already and would like to come, or you fancy giving us a try for the first time, just drop me an email and I'll add you to the list.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Some One To Love You

As It's getting near to Valentines day and I wanted to post some samples, I thought I would choose a set that at least had love in the title. 

 Easy so far,then I realised that being the cynic I am my humour tends to be on the dark side, (there's a reason I'm still single!

But what the heck, here are the samples anyway, although they do strike a bit close to home, (I'm happy to say that I'm  mouldering into mature eccentricity to the embarrassment of my younger relatives,) they are not in the least autobiographical.

Yes my eyebrows are getting longer, ditto my eyesight and gravity is getting more tenacious, can I hear any violins playing yet? It was my birthday last week and I'm feeling it!

Thinking of Valentines day brings back a really nice memory. I was in America at the CHA show, it must be about 10 years ago now and I was on a stand placing an order and chatting to the sales lady. She was pointing out all the valentines items and I made a passing comment that I wasn't really into it and had never had a Valentines card. Thinking nothing  more of it, I came home got on with running the business, and just before Valentines day a card arrived and it was a Valentines card from the owner of the stand who had overheard my conversation with his sale lady. It was a lovely card and a wonderful gesture that I still remember to this day. Maybe I'm not such a cynic after all.

To see more samples just visit our web site at www.aciddropsandwhatnots.co.uk and check out the sample gallery.

Friday, 1 February 2013

This card was sent in be Kate. She's used one of my favourite sets, 'Setting a Good Example'. I like the way stripes on the background paper enhance the design of the card and helps harmonise the layout. Kate's husband also caste the deciding vote on her name, So ladies and gentleman meet Marsha, a woman very much after my own heart! To see more of Kate's work visit her blog  at www.cuilliesocks.blogspot.co.uk 

Please keep sending your samples in and I'll get them up onto the blog. I love to see different interpretations of our stamp images it's great to see such a variety of styles. 

Monday, 28 January 2013

I've just rummaged around the archive and came up with this little beauty. It was taken on the set of a TV show from the late 80's called Hanney which starred Robert Powell. Yes, he was as gorgeous as he looked on screen, although I may have been a little punch drunk as I had just come off a 12 hour night shoot of Jack the ripper where I spent hours getting Killed. Oh the Glamour! It was taken at Hoxton Hall in the east end of London one of the few remaining original music halls remaining, I once had the pleasure of singing music hall there and my grandfather was a gallery boy there back in the day. It's funny How history repeats itself. Under the lovely line of the coat hides 3 different corsets, an Edwardian 's' bend, another that goes over the bust and then something that strapped on over the backside to give the weird 'S' bend shape. At least they held be upright while I was gently sliding into sleep halfway through the shoot!

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Projects for class 30.1.12

Well it didn't take long for me to get behind again, what with the snow and the on again off again scheduling of my bit on the television. After a snowy delay it finally went ahead on Tuesday in pretty Barnes, in South West London. It was great fun, quite like old times. I met a group of lovely ladies and spent the afternoon discussing books, I quite forgot that there were a couple of cameras on me, Although doing a solo interview was a bit strange.

But back to teacher mode! Here are the details for the next class. In this class you will make 3 cards all featuring acetate as the main design element. Its hard to see all the details of the designs in the photograph as the way the light hits it and the bounce back effect of the acetate but here goes. The first card is a concertina card, and covers how to hinge acetate sheets in a way that can be incorporated into the design. Each panel is decorated with tiny holographic butterflies and dragon so that when the card is displayed they appear to be flying right off into the distance.

The second card deals with using acetate in frames and features a very pretty flower fairy gold etched peel off over acetate, and deals with utilising different coloured frames layered to create an elegant seamless design.  Finally, as we are heading towards Valentine's day, this card is for the love of you life. The idea behind this card, is again using layers but on both sides of the acetate to give you a card that looks as good inside as it does out. I've used made full use off the versatility of double sided card stock and what goes on behind the acetate is as important as what goes on in front of it, especially when it comes to the order in which you assemble it. The techniques that you learn in this class will be very useful when designing your own cards at home.

The class is as usual at The Old Fire Station, Hockley in Essex, it starts at 7pm and goes on 'til 9.30pm. The cost is unchanged at £10 an includes all the products needed to complete the class, use of our tools, full colour printed instructions and of course tea/coffer and biscuits. If I don't already have your name or fancy giving us a try or haven't been for a while but fancy a crafty night out, just drop me an email and I'll add you to the list. I'll also bring along a range of embellishments, ribbons, brads etc and continue the 25% discount on them for this class.

Hope to see you all soon

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Never come between a woman and her chocolate

I hear on the television that we are due some more snow, what better excuse to snuggle up warm at home and do some crafting. I'm all behind as usual with the cards for next weeks class but I will be hard at it tomorrow. I have it all planned out in my head, I just need it to work on paper, or in the case of the next class, acetate. I've been parcelling up the internet orders this afternoon and good old Nudie Norman has had a bit of a spurt and climbed back up to 2nd place but limping into a decisive lead is poor old Abigail on her faithful crutches. A warning to sweet toothed people everywhere, never come between a woman and her chocolate!

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Hello everybody, 
I'm playing truant on Monday and going off to film a piece for Mills & Boon / channel 4. I'm quite excited as it's been 21 years since I appeared on telly and this time I get to wear my own clothes and say my own lines, yaaaa no peasant rags, corsets or other such nasties! If any if you read Mills & Boon or any other romance and fancy coming along, meet Sharon Kendrick a top selling M&B author and discuss why you like romances, it would be great to have some company. Channel 4 will pay your travelling costs and even give you lunch!

So why not start the year off with a new experience and come and join me? You can ring me on 01245 329 070 or 07780 325 004 or even reply to this post. Filming will be in London

The picture above, is very very old and is your's truly when I started out in acting. It was taken around 28 years ago when I started a cabaret group called Bella Donna and we sung old time music hall in pubs etc in the East End of London. That was a terrible wig, but what I think is worse, is that I still have it knocking around somewhere. The costume I made myself, as I did all of our costumes including a pair of big white bloomers with black hand prints on the back. Oh Yes the good old days, knees that worked, and a figure that hadn't headed south. I'll have a look to see if I can find any other pictures of my misspent youth hanging around. There was a really awful clip on you tube of a sketch I did with Hale & Pace, maybe I'll try and find it one day when I'm feeling stronger, a builders smile, tattoo and a dirty vest, the very height of urban chic!

Friday, 18 January 2013

The ladies are finally making a showing.

We finally have a lady in the top 3 selling sets on the website. I was getting worried that the men were going to get it all their own way. This is one of my favourite sets, we share the same well padded rear end for one, well, if I'm honest, I win by a mile on that one, but I think we're both approaching middle age with the same enthusiasm. I've always found that you really can't really let your eccentricities loose until you have a few miles on the clock!

So far I haven't come up with a name for this frisky but not so young filly, any Suggestions?

Monday, 14 January 2013

'Nudie Norman' The Acid Drops Pin Up Boy

Meet Albert, otherwise known as 'Nudie Norman', the current best selling image on the www.aciddropsandwhatnots.co.uk website. Albert is featured in the projects I designed for the Creative Stamping Magazine and he seems to be a very popular boy. So let's hear it for our latest pin up!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Class Details for 16.1.13

I don't know where the time went but It's 5 weeks since the last class and I'm still nowhere near organised! As Promised, the first class of the year will be an easy one, a nice gentle stroll in the park to get you back in practice. The class is titled Simply Elegant and it is exactly what it said say on the packet. 4 cards, easy to make and with a simple streamline elegant look. The 2 cards featuring  the trio of ladies and the elegant model are taken from vintage French fashion plates of the twenties. I have designed the samples in their simplest form but there is lots of scope to add a twist of your own if you're feeling adventurous. The card with the simple ribbon weaving comes with a choice of toppers, larger, smaller, men's and women's. This is a good technique to use if you want a very understated card for example a sympathy card, or if you want to do away with an image and just have wording, it's a good technique to have in your repertoire. Th last card is a very simple tag card, a quick and easy format if you need a card in a hurry. This one has been made using Die cut printed tags but you could easily make your own to co-ordinate with you backing paper.

As it's the first class, I feel a sale coming on, I'll bring a selection of my regular priced stock and give a discount of 25% on everything as well as some items with 40% off.

Thank you to every one who has checked out our website and facebook page, we also now have a twitter account and a blog, so if you haven't checked these out yet I'll add links below, so please check us out, like us on face book, send us a tweet,  and join up for my new super duper coloured email news letter.   
Web, www.aciddropsandwhatnots.co.uk   Facebook, www.facebook.com/aciddropsandwhatnots    Twitter mobile, www.twitter.com/ADandWhatnots  (mobile @ADandWhatnots)   Gosh my instructor would be pleased! 6 out of 11 lessons done and 100% in each but I dropped 2 points on the first test, not happy!

My first 5 projects using Acid Drops & Whatnot stamps has just been published in issue 8 of Creative Stamping Magazine and it's in the shops now.

It will be great getting back in harness and away from the dreaded computer and meeting up with you all again. The class is as usual at The Old Fire Station, Hockley in Essex, it starts at 7pm and goes on 'til 9.30pm. The cost is unchanged at £10 an includes all the products needed to complete the class, use of our tools, full colour printed instructions and of course tea/coffer and biscuits. If I don't already have your name or fancy giving us a try or haven't been for a while but fancy a crafty night out, just drop me an email and I'll add you to the list.

Look forward to seeing you all soon